Associate Level Material
Stages of Critical Thinking
Complete the matrix by identifying the six stages of critical thinking, describing how to move from each stage to the next, and listing obstacles you may face as you move to the next stage of critical thinking.
|Stages of Critical Thinking |How to Move to the Next Stage |Obstacles to Moving to the Next Stage | |EXAMPLE: |Examine my thinking to identify problems |Deceiving myself about the effectiveness of| | |that affect my thinking. |my thinking. | |The Unreflective Thinker | | | |The Challenged Thinker |Be willing to take the steps needed to be |Self-deception about my deficiencies as a | | |in command of my thinking. |thinker. | |The Beginning Thinker |Develop an approach that can help me |Avoiding the challenges of this stage of | | |improve my level of thinking. |thinking. | |The Practicing Thinker |Make a commitment to practice critical | Not willing to recognize the negative | | |thinking. |implications of selfish thinking. | |The Advanced Thinker |Identify areas in my life where thinking |Not willing to correct my egocentric | | |critically is working best and where it is |defensiveness and rationalizing ways of | | |not working as well. |thinking. | |The Master Thinker |Be able to listen to all points of views, |Self-deception about my deficiencies as a | | |including those I do not agree with. |thinker, but in a more limited form. |
Write a 150- to 200-word explanation of your current stage of critical-thinking development and explain why you placed yourself at that stage. Format your paragraph consistent with Associate Level Writing Style Handbook guidelines.
If I was to identify the stage of critical-thinking development I was on I would have to say I was on stage two: the challenged thinker. The reason I placed myself on this stage is because I feel I am not that strong of a critical thinker, but I am trying to make decisions that are not related to my own bias or personal feelings. In order for me to advance to stage three: the beginning thinker, there are three things I need to be able to do which is take command of my thinking, discover my own prejudices and misconceptions, and I need to be willing to commit myself to developing my critical thinking abilities. Excellent! After I can accomplish this task I will be able to advance to stage three: the beginning thinker. And with a little more practice and training I will be preparing myself to advance to stage four: the practicing thinker. Well done.
Strategies to Develop Critical Thinking
Now that you identified your current stage as a critical thinker, it is necessary to adopt strategies to develop your thinking. Of the nine strategies you read about this week, choose three that you can begin to practice. Identify the strategies and describe how you can implement each strategy in your daily life.
|EXAMPLE | |Strategy: Deal with my emotions....
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